A message from RIT President Bill Destler: TO: RIT students, faculty, and staff FROM: Bill Destler, President DATE: November 10, 2016 SUBJECT: The Presidential Election As President, I need to represent all of RIT, and I therefore do not express preferences for political candidates. I do feel it important, however, to represent and reinforce RIT’s shared commitment to the value of inclusive diversity. I have heard from many in our community that the result of the recent election has raised concerns from those in our minority populations, those who come from immigrant families, those from countries outside of the U.S., those in our LGBTQIA+ community, those who practice Islam, and even those in our female population about whether they should be concerned for their safety and well-being as a result of the horrific discourse that accompanied the presidential election process and some of the specific views and proposals presented. At RIT, we have treasured the diverse contributions of members of these groups to our campus community, and I want to reassure all that one of RIT’s highest priorities is to demonstrate the extraordinary value of inclusive diversity and that we will continue to respect, appreciate, and benefit from the contributions of all. Anyone who feels unsafe here should make their feelings known to me and to others in a position to address their concerns. Concerned members of our community can also take advantage of opportunities to engage in open discourse about the election in the MOSAIC Center and at tomorrow’s Grey Matter discussion. Each year, I tell prospective students that if they are afraid to immerse themselves in a community of students, staff, and faculty from widely different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions, then RIT is not the place for them. I also tell them that if they are willing to fully participate in our remarkably diverse community, it will be one of the most valuable experiences of their lives. Let’s make it so.
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RIT alumnus Matt Frizzell ’16 (electrical engineering technology) didn’t have cold feet (or did he?) when he proposed to his girlfriend, Josephine Kelly, on the ice Saturday night during the men’s hockey game at the Gene Polisseni Center. Frizell is currently stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, where he's in a pilot training program. He surprised Josephine in front of nearly 2,500 Tiger fans (and she did say “Yes”). The couple’s first date was at an RIT hockey game in January 2014, where they sat with the Corner Crew.